Crimea: the Tatars, strangers in their own land.

Behind the Headlines: Who Are the Crimean Tatars?

You had to go a few kilometres away, in the village of Ak metchet (formerly tatar in Simferopol), to find gathered some twenty thousand irreducible come to salute the memory of the thousands of men and women hounded by Soviet soldiers, then placed in cars to cattle destined for Central Asia [Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Editor's note], recalls Jean-Sylvestre Medina, associate at the Thomas More Institute researcher. Thousands of them perished during the journey, and in four years only, one quarter of this people had disappeared, he says. Upon their return, the Tatars are foreigners in their own land, explains Slimane Z̩ghidour, TV5Monde columnist and researcher at the Institut de relations internationales et strat̩giques (Iris) *. They left their homes and their land occupied by Russians or Ukrainians [many requests for restitution are in the hands of justice, ed.]; their mosques transformed into club or restaurant. To survive, they must be built small shanties of fortune, in the outskirts of the cities crimeennes. In the middle of the majority Russians (60% of the population), they are second-class citizens to which stick yet the image of traitors, he recalls. Discrimination, it is everyday that they are living, and especially employment. Tatars are dismissed public service, the administration or the police, reminiscent of Slimane Z̩ghidour. Result: a Tatar on two is unemployment (less than one in three for the rest of the population). The return of the peninsula under Russian domination lived as a true trauma, it is an old injury that we constantly to reopen, analysis columnist. And the Tatars fear of pay price strong their unwavering support to the Ukraine and the uprising of the Maidan square. Five thousand of them have already chosen exile to join the major Tatar diaspora (Ukraine, Poland and Turkey). A well-founded fear, according to some, under the heavy pressure exerted by the Mejlis, the Assembly of Crimean Tatars, or intimidation suffered by Moustafa Djemilev, historic leader tatar and Deputy to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (Parliament). Latter Рdeported at the age of 6 months Рwas denied Sunday the entrance in the territory of Crimea for five years. Powder in the eyes, according to Jean РSylvestre Medina of the Thomas More Institute, for whom these words will be nothing followed acts: certainly, there is a speech of appeasement on the side of Moscow, but the Russian population is now in a position of strength in the Crimea. And Vladimir Poutine keep well betray this ally. PIs, he said Moscow would seek to destabilize the Tatar community by fostering internal divisions to establish its hegemony. Just then to the Crimean Tatars as a thing to do, considers Slimane Z̩ghidour: doing the round back and wait the storm, as they have for centuries. . For extended data about this matter check reference.

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